“A great resource.” “A life line.” “It helped me to breathe.” “A crucial service provider.” From workers to unions to local agencies, the praises poured in this week as the Community Services Agency (CSA) of the Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO celebrated its 30th anniversary on April 4. Over three decades, CSA has partnered with local unions and agencies to support area workers during strikes, layoffs, government shutdowns and now pandemics. CSA’s Emergency Assistance Fund has helped over 25,000 workers since 1995. Its Building Futures Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program has upgraded the skills of nearly 2,000 low-income District residents creating a pipeline for them into well paying jobs and union apprenticeships in the building trades. Read more here. photo: Kathleen McKirchy, CSA's first Executive Director.